The other month I was invited to visit the Neal’s Yard shop in Cambridge. Luckily it fell on a week that I was in the city (I spend my time between Sheffield and Cambridge) so I made sure that I had the time to drop by.
Whether you’ve tried anything from the brand or not, I’m sure you’ll be familiar with their bright blue glass bottles (which are made in West Yorkshire). I’ve been a fan of Neal’s Yard’s products for a very long time, it was my mum who originally introduced me to the brand. I’ve been using their deodorant for a couple of years and their Geranium & Orange hand cream works very well for my dry skin during the summer months.
You can find the Neal’s Yard shop on Rose Crescent in the centre of Cambridge. It’s near to Jo Malone, Le Creuset and Kiehl’s, all my favourites.
If you haven’t been to the Cambridge store before then you must pop in on your next visit. It’s a tiny little shop packed full of all their products, a selection of superfoods and they also have a treatment room hidden away downstairs. My mum’s been a few times and she loves it. I’m hoping to give it a try when I’m back in Cambridge for the summer.
The Neal’s Yard staff are all very passionate and proud about the products and the brand. I’ve been into the store on multiple occasions and the service has always been fantastic. They’re a friendly team and know everything about their products, their superfoods and they very much live the Neal’s Yard lifestyle. Don’t be afraid to ask for help when you go into the shop, you’ll miss out on a wealth of knowledge from the staff if you don’t chat to them.
I really enjoyed having the chance to speak to the staff and find out about the best products for dry skin and eczema. I can sometimes be cautious about trying new products due to my sensitive skin. I also found out that they have their eco factory in Dorset. I would love to go there and see the products being made.
Something I particularly like about the brand is their transparency. If you spend just a few minutes on their website you’ll find out about their love and care for the environment, people and animals. All products are cruelty free, vegan and fair trade. You can find out more about the ethics of the brand here, it’s worth a read, trust me.
The first Neal’s Yard store was opened 30 years ago in 1981. You know the one in Covent Garden? That was their very first shop. They’ve always offered their customers an alternative to the synthetic chemicals you can find in a lot of skincare products. They avoid adding in any nasties into their products and are very careful with the functional ingredients they pick. I think it’s important to be mindful about we’re putting onto and into our bodies. You can find out more on their site, I really found this interesting to read.
Over the last couple of years I’ve really taken to oils. I find they’re the best way to keep my skin hydrated and smooth. I was immediately drawn to the avocado oil. I actually used a different brand of avocado oil a couple of years ago and loved it. I then forgot all about it ’til now but I’m keen to give it another try and I’m sure my skin will be grateful.
If you’ve got dry skin then you’re going to love avocado oil and actually, you’ll love any oils. They really make such a difference in your skincare routine. I often go through phases of using them in place of a regular moisturiser. Another favourite of mine is Rosehip. Make sure you go into the shop and have a play around with their oils. They have lots of testers available.
Leave a comment below and let me know what types of oils you use.
Despite having one of Neal’s Yard’s books I didn’t realise that they sold superfoods in their shops. I knew they were well stocked on supplements but I’m not really into them. Instead I use raw cacao powder to make my own dairy free chocolate, I add chia seeds to my porridge, baking and smoothies and I’m a big fan of mulberries. After learning a little more about Spirulina (that’s the bright blue powder) from the Neal’s Yard team I’m keen to give it a try. It’s said to help fight against allergies, perfect for this time of the year.
I’m really into essential oils at the moment but I’m yet to try the ones from Neal’s Yard. Their Remedies to Roll caught my eye and I thought some of you might be interested too. These little sticks will fit into your handbag easily or even your pocket. They’re designed for; travel, study, energy, relaxation and night time. They’re each created with a blend of essential oils which you roll onto your pulse points. I’ve always used things like this when I’m flying, feeling nervous or just need a slight distraction from day-to-day worries.
The Wild Rose collection is just wonderful and it’s won multiple awards. I’ll be telling you more about the collection in tomorrow’s post. I’ll be sharing a review of the Wild Rose Beauty Balm (which was kindly gifted to me at the shop) along with a few other products I treated myself to.
The only thing I didn’t look into on the day was the make-up. I think I missed it because we were chatting so much. We don’t have Neal’s Yard shop here in Sheffield but when I’m back in Cambridge over summer I’m going to go in for a closer look. I am very keen to try their mascara and eye-shadow. I’ll be sure to report back.
I had a wonderful time at the Neal’s Yard shop, thanks guys! I really felt like I learnt a lot that day. I hope you’ve all enjoyed learning a little about the brand from this post and don’t forget to check back for tomorrow’s review post.